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Royal assistance for families of bereaved, injured

Their Majesties the King and Queen will graciously grant Bt50,000 to the relatives of each of those who have died as a result the April 10 clashes between anti-government protesters and soldiers.

They will also pay for the medical treatment of those injured, Metropolitan Police Bureau Division 1 commander Pol Maj-General Wichai Sangpraphai said yesterday.

Some 162 injured people are still being treated in 15 Bangkok hospitals, with eight of them in intensive care, the website of the Bangkok Emergency Medical Service and the Erawan Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported yesterday.

Wichai said Pol Lt-General Trairat Amatayakul, commissioner-general of the Office of Royal Court Security Police, had informed him that relatives of the dead could lodge evidence to request royal assistance with the Finance Division of the Bureau of the Royal Household from Monday, during official hours.

Meanwhile, the bureau will contact the hospitals directly in order to make payments for medical expenses.

Reports said Wichai had called Jatuporn Promphan, a red-shirt leader, and asked him to inform the protesters at the Rajprasong protest site about the royal assistance.

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